New Delhi: A new photo posted on the NASA's Twitter official account has confused intrepid space fans when the US space agency claimed that both the sun and the Earth can be seen in the image.
— NASA (@NASA) September 8, 2015
A per a report from Mashable, the bright shining object in the photo is not the sun, but is, in fact, the moon.
The photo, which is now the cover picture of NASA's official Twitter account, was taken by astronaut and current year-long Space Station resident Scott Kelly.
Earlier, NASA also confused another photo Kelly posted to Twitter earlier this summer. The space agency mislabeled the moon as the sun while the Space Station flew above the western United States.
Here's what some Twitteratti reacted to the photo:
@NASA If that were the sun, we wouldn’t be seeing the stars around it, right? Unless you’ve invented a completely new kind of camera.
— Michael Howard (@mmbman) September 8, 2015
— Robert Hurt (@AstroRob) September 8, 2015
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) September 8, 2015
Generally, people won't be able to see stars when the sun is out (even when hurtling with space), but when the moon is out, astronauts can likely see a multitude of stars in the sky, the report from Mashable added.